Let's set aside extended breastfeeding while on Twitter/Facebook/Time for a moment and jump on something else that gets a lot of moms fired up: Toxic chemicals freakin' everywhere. There's a Stroller Brigade rolling through Washington, DC tomorrow, and they want a safer world for themselves and their children.
The Stroller Brigade is a protest group made up of moms, cancer survivors, nurses, and others who are rallying support for Senator Frank Lautenberg’s (D-NJ) Safe Chemicals Act. That's the bill that would update our country's ridonkulously outdated toxic chemical laws. Mamas be outraged when they read an expose on the chemical industry's corrupt ways.
Go mamas! But do they stand a chance?
Well, I hope so. Because that expose is freaky as hell. Companies that make flame retardants distorted the results of a study to make their chemicals look like life-savers while downplaying how harmful they are. You got that? They're promoting harmful chemicals that don't even offer that much fire protection! Why are we using them, then?
More from The Stir: Misleading EpiPen Ad Could Have Seriously Harmed Kids (VIDEO)
Oh you know why. Because someone's making massive bank on those chemicals.
As moms we should be especially outraged. Flame retardants are all over our kids' pajamas, bedding, you name it. They breathe that junk in day and night. Chemical companies should be ashamed of themselves. If we could put a mom and a child in the same room every damn time a well-paid chemical industry lobbyist visited Capitol Hill, I think we'd be living in a very different world, don't you?
We can't do that every time. But these warrior queens are doing for us all tomorrow. They'll be presenting the Senate with 125,000 petition signatures. You can add your name to that petition. (Easy! Takes seconds!) Safer Chemicals will be sending out more information and you can follow them via Twitter.
Are you concerned about the effects of toxic chemicals on your children's health?
Image via Safer Chemicals